Php 2:1–30. CONTINUED EXHORTATION: TO UNITY: TO HUMILITY AFTER CHRIST’S EXAMPLE, WHOSE GLORY FOLLOWED HIS HUMILIATION: TO EARNESTNESS IN SEEKING PERFECTION, THAT THEY MAY BE HIS JOY IN THE DAY OF CHRIST: HIS JOYFUL READINESS TO BE OFFERED NOW BY DEATH, SO AS TO PROMOTE THEIR FAITH. HIS INTENTION TO SEND TIMOTHY: HIS SENDING EPAPHRODITUS MEANTIME.
1. The “therefore” implies that he is here expanding on the exhortation (Php 1:27), “In one Spirit, with one mind (soul).” He urges four influencing motives in this verse, to inculcate the four Christian duties corresponding respectively to them (Php 2:2). “That ye be like-minded, having the same love, of one accord, of one mind”; (1) “If there be (with you) any consolation in Christ,” that is, any consolation of which Christ is the source, leading you to wish to console me in my afflictions borne for Christ’s sake, ye owe it to me to grant my request “that ye be like-minded” [CHRYSOSTOM and ESTIUS]: (2) “If there be any comfort of (that is, flowing from) love,” the adjunct of “consolation in Christ”; (3) “If any fellowship of (communion together as Christians, flowing from joint participation in) the Spirit” (2 Co 13:14). As Pagans meant literally those who were of one village, and drank of one fountain, how much greater is the union which conjoins those who drink of the same Spirit! (1 Co 12:4, 13) [GROTIUS]: (4) “If any bowels (tender emotions) and mercies (compassions),” the adjuncts of “fellowship of the Spirit.” The opposites of the two pairs, into which the four fall, are reprobated, Php 2:3, 4.
whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy,
2. Fulfil—that is, Make full. I have joy in you, complete it by that which is still wanting, namely, unity (Php 1:9).